Date(s) - 11/06/2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Knussen Chamber Orchestra
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor
Claire Booth soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Knussen Scriabin Settings 7’
Mussourgsky orch. Ryan Wigglesworth The Nursery (Aldeburgh Festival commission, world premiere) 15’
Takemitsu How Slow the Wind 11’
Knussen O Hototogisu! 8’
Britten Nocturne 25’
Schubert Symphony No.5 28’
Oliver Knussen’s last work O Hototogisu! was premiered at the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival, the shimmering delicacy of its seven haiku settings interspersed with the bird-like song of a solo flute. The work’s spirit flickers brightly amidst the rest of the programme in a debut concert by a new chamber orchestra that bears Knussen’s name. Solo instruments lend their distinctive colours to the singer’s song in music from Britten evoking night, sleep and dreams.
There are more miniatures from Knussen (transcription of Scriabin piano pieces), music by the composer’s great friend Takemitsu, a typically sensuously coloured tapestry.
The programme is completed by a new tribute from composer-conductor Ryan Wigglesworth and Schubert’s elegant and high-spirited symphony.